Outdoor Fun

This week, we have been making the most of the sunshine and spending a lot more time out of the house.

Crevette (5 years 11 months) had his sports day on Wednesday. It was windy but enjoyable. We watched him race, run under a parachute with his classmates, play hockey and jump over small hurdles. He kept checking we were still there, which I thought was incredibly sweet. He was really proud to be third in one of the races (well, out of four…).


That afternoon, we had an enforced walk to Beanie’s (3 years 9 months) pre-school as hubby had left the car home but taken the key to work. The 45-minute round trip was a blessing in disguise (despite the initial moaning) as it was warm but breezy. After picking up Beanie at the end of her session, we had an impromptu trip to a park I had not been to before. We were the only ones there and I think I had more fun than my three and five year-olds on the zip wire. It was liberating to act like a kid, lose my inhibitions and just enjoy the moment.

When we got home, we watered the plants and picked our first raspberries of the summer. They tasted heavenly!


Yesterday afternoon, I took Crevette and Wriggly (4 weeks) to see my friend Ness and her two little girls. Her new baby is a doll! The children bounced and bounced and bounced on the new trampoline. We sat outside chatting and had chocolate cake, ice cream, biscuits and cherries. Now that is my kind of snack time!

You cannot possibly have a British summer without rain, can you? After taking Crevette to school today, we walked home quickly not to get drenched, but after an hour or so, the girls were getting restless and started randomly emptying cupboards and turning the house upside down. I fed Wriggly, got our wellies out and we went to our local park. It was the first time jumping in puddles for Jumpy (1 year 8 months) and she fully embraced it!

Jumpring in Puddles

On our way, the girls noticed a snail. When Beanie touched it, the poor creature got scared and sheltered in its shell. She decided to have a one-way conversation with the snail (as you do!): “Oh sorry snail… We’re going to the park snail! Maman, I asked the snail and the snail said yes you can go to the park!”


A wet park is an empty park so we had it all to ourselves, which we thoroughly enjoyed. After less than an hour, both girls were soaking wet, covered in mud, arguing, hitting each other and Beanie had wet herself. It was time to go home so my little monkeys could have a warm shower and lunch.

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  1. seychellesmama
    16/07/2014 / 8:59 am

    Sounds like a lovely week!! I’m in love with the baby hunters

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 11:57 pm

      I bet you do not need them in the Seychelles… but you might during your stay here this summer!

  2. Mummy Tries
    16/07/2014 / 9:22 am

    Such fun in such simple activities 🙂 love that phrase ‘a wet park is an empty park’! Glad you’re getting out and about – fab photos as always and I your raspberries are super yum xx #sharewithme

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 3:03 pm

      It is important to show our children that the simple moments in life are often the best, isn’t it? x

      • Mummy Tries
        16/07/2014 / 3:59 pm

        Definitely hon xx

  3. Let kids be kids
    16/07/2014 / 1:17 pm

    Ah, zip wires are great fun for everyone! 😉 Sounds like you’ve been having a good time

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 11:58 pm

      We have! It is great to release your inner-child.

  4. 16/07/2014 / 3:22 pm

    The zip wire looks lots of fun and the splashing in wellies looks even more fun 🙂

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 8:44 pm

      I do like a bit of splashing in wellies… Fun in the rain but dry feet, yay!

  5. Louisa
    16/07/2014 / 5:41 pm

    Good for you for going on the zip wire. Last week I had more than a few goes on the slide at the park once I realised it was wide enough to accommodate my bum. It was great fun. 😉 #sharewithme

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 8:37 pm

      Haha! The slides at our local parks are made for toddlers so no chance for me… I could get stuck!

  6. 16/07/2014 / 7:02 pm

    Sounds like a rather prefect week! My kids love getting outdoors, and park trips and snails make them very happy, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Mel
      16/07/2014 / 8:36 pm

      A bit of running around outside is great to burn off all that energy the little monkeys seem to have!

  7. 17/07/2014 / 2:28 am

    Home picked raspberries I am so very jealous. Sounds like a perfect week too, loving all the fun outdoor fun too. Photos are great. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me always great to see the sun shining and families getting out to enjoy it. #sharewithme

    • Mel
      18/07/2014 / 9:42 am

      It really was a nice, active week. You feel so much better when you spend lots of time outdoors, don’t you?

      • 19/07/2014 / 12:00 am

        For sure. The kids are always more behaved when they are outdoors more. Space to run and play.

        • Mel
          19/07/2014 / 12:05 am

          It did not work tonight… I took them to the park after their usual bedtime (so hot here today!) and they were still up after 9 p.m. Must be the excitement of the summer holidays starting!

    • Mel
      20/07/2014 / 11:19 am

      I bought a cane from eBay a couple of years ago and now they are everywhere! x

  8. 02/11/2014 / 7:57 am

    Sounds like you had a fabulous day! Xx

    • Mel
      02/11/2014 / 11:57 am

      We really did. I love summer in autumn!

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